The witches cast another powerful spell later on when Macbeth is about to visit them for a second time. They include many putrid ingredien... ... middle of paper ... ... of outside influence on humans through the Weird Sisters. The three witches have malicious intentions and fully employ their prophetic powers and witchcraft to tip the universe into chaos by exploiting Macbeth. Their ability to influence the characters of Macbeth indirectly also plays a role in how they achieve their purpose. Ultimately, it is perceived that humans are unable to endure the forces they cannot control, and will eventually be driven to a state of chaos.
The witches do reassure him with the information that ‘none of woman birth shall harm Macbeth’ but this is not as straightforward as Macbeth thinks because of Macduff’s Caesarean Section. They witches have tricked Macbeth. I don’t think that Macbeth realises this danger: ‘Then live, Macduff: what need I fear of thee?’ The witches trick and tempt Macbeth by advising him to ‘seek no more’ on whether Banquo’s descendants will be kings. This only serves to command the witches to show him. The witches do with relish, to ‘grieve his [Macbeth’s] heart’ This makes Macbeth determined to alter fate.
James I was personally terrified yet fascinated by witches after an attempt on his life by Agnes Sampson, a convicted witch. This led to the practice of witchcraft becoming punishable by death. A theme of such forbidden ideas, shrouded in the mystery of the supernatural would surely have horrified those watching the play yet left them intrigued. The witches embody a malign and demonic intelligence. They utilise this to guide the main themes and characters within the play, notably by their reversal of nature when chanting 'Fair is foul and foul is fair'.
Evil In Women and Its Effect on Macbeth "...My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, Shakes so my single state of man that function Is smother'd in surmise, and nothing is But what is not." (1.3.140-143). Throughout Shakespeare's play, we see that Macbeth is the victim of evil seduction by women. In the above quote the evil is perpetrated by the witches. Lady Macbeth also plays a strong role in his moral corruption.
But ‘tis strange. / And oftentimes, to win us our harm, / The instruments of darkness tell us truths, / Win us with honest trifles, to betray’s / In deepest consequence (I.iii.122-128).” Banquo is wise to think that this is too good to be true. Macbeth’s weakness is what made him believe in the witches and trust them. Banquo thinks that if he trusts what the witches say, Macbeth might be on his way to becoming king, as well as thane of Cawdor, but that things that seem too good to be true can be evil and could lead to destruction. Now that the witches know that Macbeth is weak and can be easily tricked, they will continue to use him and will also gain his complete
The idea of evil is presented even at the beginning of the play, since the play starts with witches. Witches have always been servants of the Devil, planning their malicious schemes against Macbeth. Nevertheless, while the idea of Macbeth's evilness comes as a slow process of transformation from good to evil, the character of Lady Macbeth presents itself as a malevolent and constant persuading force from beginning to end. Lady Macbeth is aware that going down the path of evil is the only way to get the crown and instead of feeling scared of dealing with demonic forces, she feels anxious and actually invokes evil spirits for help to complete her task. Besides, it is Lady Macbeth who persuades Macbeth to commit the crime and later on constantly reprimands him for feeling remorse and not being man enough to deal with the consequences.
From the very beginning of the play, supernatural and unnatural forces have inspired and encouraged Macbeth. They interfere with natural events and completely change the character of Macbeth and his wife. Witches, apparitions, ghosts, and other unnatural images are used to demonstrate the evil effects and consequences those forces can have. Shakespeare is successful in telling his audience that only evil will come when Macbeth or any other person tampers with natural forces for personal gain.
There is a strong contrast on Macbeth's character before and after he meets the witches. They change him from a hero to the traitor he is at the end of the play. They plant the seed of evil inside him; Lady Macbeth nurtures that seed until it can thrive on its own. We cannot however blame all of Macbeth's actions on the witches and Lady Macbeth. He got caught up in a craze for power and ambition and the witches simply drove his desires.
As a result of this theme lots of chaos, lies, secrets and total disorder are caused. The three Witches introduce the theme of 'Fair is Foul' in Macbeth and are the first characters seen in the play: "Fair is foul, and foul is fair". Their words seem to contradict each other, presenting the idea of illusion versus reality in the play. The fact that the Witches are in the first scene of Macbeth confirms that they are important characters and main devices of evil. They meet in foul weather and talk of "thunder, lightning" and "the fog and filthy air", giving the audience a first impression that Macbeth is a dark, dangerous play in which the theme of evil is central.
Yet it is ironic that Goold designates this garb to the witches, the proclaimed servants of the Devil, and who defy the very ideals associated with the hospital; but in the end this false dress only serves to further disguise their evil intentions from their victims. Certainl... ... middle of paper ... ...femininity, the very thing she despises the most about her, to convince Macbeth to kill Duncan and Macbeth is able to convince everyone at the banquet that he is a loyal noble when we know that he is far from that. Goold demonstrates how easily humans can be deceived and how easy it is to deceive someone. Lady Macbeth deceives Macbeth and they both deceive the king and nobles. As mentioned above, no one can tell what one is thinking based off of their facial expression and the same holds for appearances.